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Bank of Augusta v. Earle


BANK OF AUGUSTA V. EARLE, 13 Peters 519 (1839), involved the right of a Georgia bank to recover on a bill of exchange purchased in Alabama. The Supreme Court, speaking through Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, affirmed the principle of interstate comity, in which corporations chartered in one state were entitled to make contracts and do business in another state. It denied, however, that a corporation possessed the same rights as a naturalized citizen and recognized the right of a state to exclude foreign corporations, should it wish to do so. Taney's opinion became the leading authority on the law of foreign corporations.


Finkelman, Paul. An Imperfect Union: Slavery, Federalism, and Comity. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1981.

Lewis, H. H. Walker. Without Fear or Favor: A Biography of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965.

CharlesFairman/a. r.

See alsoCommerce Clause ; Interstate Compacts .

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